(This post is from another Jessie blog, Fourth Wave Business, and is republished here for your enjoyment!)

And yet again. . . I have gone off the grid. . .

But I’m back! And this time with a really important realization. No seriously, REALLY important!

I have come to terms with the fact that I am afraid of failure. They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step so I think this is a pretty big deal.

It’s not that I haven’t failed before, oh trust me, I have, I think it’s that once I go awhile without failing I get this crippling feeling that it’s right around the corner waiting to attack. That turns into a long hibernation of creativity and any sort of ambition. It seems silly and it certainly isn’t productive but I haven’t been able to place my finger on the cause of that cycle until now. Now that I’ve acknowledged the fear of failure I feel I can identify start the process of overcoming it.

I know that in the entrepreneurial world failure is actually seen as a good thing (it means you’re actually trying) but that doesn’t make the threat of it any easier to face. I’ve been so hesitant to put both feet in that I’ve been cowering on the sidelines merely reading about OTHER people’s success. So silly!

But now it’s time to take things one to-do list item at a time. I love me some to-do lists! And calendars! So I’m turning that love of nerdy organization and planning and making it work for me. If I chart out my goals and turn them into doable action items I can reach my goals one step at a time. That’s not so scary now, is it?

Step one of getting back onto the productive kick is writing that post about what I learned in my New Venture Formation course. . . expect to see it soon!